2 minutes with: Mark Calvert Editor, Five News

How will the switch to Sky change production of Five News? Five News will look very different – new set, new graphics, many new on-screen faces. It will have more resources than ever before. Most importantly, we’re aiming to generate some of our own stories.

Will Five News have its own dedicated news-gathering team?

It has the best of both. We have our own dedicated team of more than 60 people. We also have total, unfettered access to everything Sky News generates – pictures, interviews, packages and live feeds from across the UK and eight foreign bureaux.

How is Five News different?

Five News has always tried to present stories in a more accessible, less stuffy way than other channels. In these uncertain times, we also place a premium on clarity. Above all, our choices should be driven by what we hope the viewers want, rather than what other newsrooms are doing.

Who watches Five News?

Our audience varies across our output. But we’re attracting an increasing number of younger, upmarket viewers, which cuts through the perceived wisdom that young people are turning away from TV news.

What stories do you want from PROs?

True stories, which will provide good pictures for TV, and are about interesting people. It varies but generally our noon programme will have a bias towards human interest, while our 5.30pm flagship bulletin will carry harder news.

When should PROs approach you?

At the moment, we’re here 24/7. Eventually, though, I hope our news-gathering teams will have some time off, so best to try them during office hours, Monday to Friday. Email the planning and news-gathering teams on news@five.tv or call the newsdesk on 020 7800 2705.

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